As women and moms, far too often we put way too much focus on our weaknesses and not nearly enough focus on our strengths, gifts and talents.  Our self-improvement efforts come from a place of lack—the feeling of not being enough, rather than from a place of strength—now this is something I’d really like to learn more about.

Our strengths, gifts, and talents get lost in the fight to improve our weaknesses.  There is a reason your friends and family love you as much as they do, and often we are blind to this.

UNIQUELY YOU

As women and moms, far too often we put way too much focus on our weaknesses and not nearly enough focus on our strengths, gifts and talents.  Our self-improvement efforts come from a place of lack—the feeling of not being enough, rather than from a place of strength—now this is something I’d really like to learn more about.

Our strengths, gifts, and talents get lost in the fight to improve our weaknesses.  There is a reason your friends and family love you as much as they do, and often we are blind to this.

MAKING THE IDENTIFICATION

To identify your strengths, gifts, and talents, begin by thinking about what you are either good at, or what you really love to do. Write it down so you have a short list of activities to work from that will boost your mood and outlook on a regular basis.

What are things that others compliment you about?  How you make them laugh, how you make them feel so welcome, how you communicate your ideas so thoughtfully?  What do other people ask you for help with?  What are some of your hobbies or interests that you truly enjoy?  If you are having trouble on your own, ask your kids or your spouse—talk to someone you can trust.  Taking a personality test is always an option, just know that your results will usually reflect how you are feeling in that moment.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

*finding beauty in every situation

*attracting amazing friends

*preparing delicious meals for my family

*knowing just how to comfort my kiddo

*bringing a smile to people

*having great compassion

*pointing out other people’s SGTs

*picking up a new skill

*approach things with excitement and energy

*highly empathetic

*act on my convictions

*very creative

*great problem solver

LIVE IT EVERY DAY

It’s important to make sure you do something regularly that you’re good at, take pride in, and that you enjoy.  Maybe you take a lot of pride in your garden or love the feeling of finishing a needlework or DIY project. If that makes you happy, carve out some time for it regularly.  You can work on your project for a half an hour before bedtime or dedicate an afternoon to it on the weekend.

Operating from your strengths, gifts, and talents allows for a natural and gratifying relationship with pleasure and life-affirming experiences. 

How would your life be different if you embraced your strengths, gifts, and talents and lived from that place?

Identify your strengths, continue to develop them, celebrate them, live from them!!